Thursday, December 10, 2009

Aryan Nations Activists Distribute Pro-White Racist Flyers In Sandpoint, Idaho Just Four Days Before Sarah Palin's Visit To The Area

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that, just four days before Sarah Palin's stops in Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho for her book tour, flyers produced by the local Aryan Nations contingent were distributed in Sandpoint early on Sunday December 6th, 2009. The flyers were sealed in sandwich bags and weighted down with a rock. One side of the flyer advocates for whites to band together, while the other side is an Aryan Nations application for membership.

The flyers appear to be the same as those distributed in Coeur d’Alene, Spirit Lake, Athol and Spokane Valley, Washington earlier this year. Athol resident Paul R. Mullet and two other activists were cited for misdemeanor littering in connection with the flyers found in Coeur d’Alene, but city authorities dropped the charges on December 3rd after determining that the flyers were no different than other political literature. So although Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood is contemplating littering charges, he's not likely to go through with it.

However, one of the people receiving a flyer is a member of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, and she happens to be Jewish. So the Task Force immediately went into action and issued the obligatory statement of condemnation:

“While the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force supports freedom of expression as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we strongly oppose the clandestine distribution of an application to join their organization by a group from Athol, Idaho calling themselves, ‘The Aryan Nation.’ The application specifically states they are ‘National Socialist in Political Orientation,’ and therefore racist, and a hate group. Our community has repeatedly expressed that they neither agree with, nor advocate the actions, beliefs and alleged facts promoted by racist and hate groups.”

Oy, vey. The Task Force needs to make up their minds; do they support freedom of expression, or do they oppose the dsitribution of membership applications for a group which they have arbitrarily decreed a "hate group" simply because it is racialist?

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